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Gillingham hoping to keep standards high against AFC Wimbledon following Charlton Athletic draw

The standard has now been set says Gillingham defender Jack Tucker as they look to build on an impressive weekend performance against Charlton.

Gillingham picked up a point against the Addicks and the management team felt they could have had more but it’s another step in the right direction. The Gills are back in action on Tuesday night with a League 1 game against AFC Wimbledon at Priestfield.

Jack Tucker in action for the Gills against Charlton on Saturday Picture: Keith Gillard
Jack Tucker in action for the Gills against Charlton on Saturday Picture: Keith Gillard

Tucker said: “We weren’t too disheartened at the end of Saturday’s game, we knew we played well and the general consensus around the changing room was that if we play like that throughout the season we will win a lot more than we lose.

“We were disappointed not to take three points but we know that is our standard now and if we keep playing like that then we will be more than fine come the end of the season.”

Gillingham’s 15-game unbeaten run last season was sandwiched between defeats against Wimbledon and Tucker was there to experience them both.

He is keen to make amends, knowing victory over the Dons would maintain the team’s upward momentum following a string of positive results.

“They got one over us last year so I think we will be more than hungry to try and put that right,” said the 21-year-old defender.

“How we lost that game away from home against them I will never know, with the amount of chances we created. They took their one and that is what it is all about in football, taking your chances and if you don’t then you get punished.

“There are no arguments from our end but we felt our performance at their place deserved more.

“But from that game we went on a 15-game unbeaten run and it was them who then put an end to it. We weren’t as good at home, we didn’t make it as hard for them as we did at their place, so we will be looking to put it right and make it a really tough evening for them.”

The Gills go into the game on Tuesday buoyed by an impressive weekend performance against Charlton Athletic which ended 1-1.

“It was good to put in a solid 90 minutes, going forward and defensively,” said the defender, who has now made over 50 first team appearances for the club.

“In general we were a bit unlucky not to take all three points from the game, we had a couple of chances, one at 1-0 where we could have put the game to bed, but we defended well in the main, limited them to only a few chances and Jack Bonham made a very good penalty save.

“Sometimes you need your keeper to pull something out of the bag to win you a point from nowhere and Jack has done that on more than one occasion throughout the last season and a bit. That fills you with confidence.

“It is good not having to worry about him because you know week in, week out, he is going to be there for you, helping you out.”

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